An Exodus of Agents

The turnover in the FBI has hit some of the most vital positions in the bureau hierarchy

Office birthday parties must make FBI Director Robert Mueller a little nervous these days. Consider his No. 2, John Pistole, who hits retirement age when he turns 50 this month. For weeks rumors bubbled up to the seventh floor of the FBI's headquarters at the J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington: Pistole was going to bolt for a lucrative job in the private sector. The whispers got so loud that Pistole took it upon himself to assure Mueller that he wasn't leaving. One reason he gave: it wouldn't be right to split when so many other senior officials have headed for...

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